My propensity for rerolling and my chronic indecision as to whether I’m going to fully devote myself to the Medic, the Engineer, or split my time between both has slowed my leveling in WildStar down to a crawl. I’m 15 on the Medic and 18 on the Engineer, whereas several folks in my guild have already dinged 50. I’ll be away all of next week, so I’ll get even further behind the main pack then, but oh well. Take life at my own pace.
(Plus, I spend a LOT of time in my housing, which doesn’t really help me to level. If I find a single decor item as a drop, I have to stop everything to teleport back to my house and see where I might put it. It’s a convenient excuse.)
While I’m certainly not playing the fleshed-out, fully AMPed versions of either of these classes, I have come to conclusions as to what I like about each
First of all, the Medic plain looks wicked awesome. Dual resonators (or whatever you call them) firing “rave beams” and holograms is definitely different than the norm. I feel bad for Spellslingers and their little pew-pew toy pistols in comparison.
I find that the Medic does really well against groups of enemies, as practically every attack is either a cone or an AOE. I like to lay down a few disrupter fields and then lay in with quick, instant attacks that chew through mobs like a toddler through a bag of Easter candy. It’s very visceral and satisfying, and puts the Medic on top in regards to combat satisfaction. I simply like fighting with a Medic more.
The downside to her is that I rerolled her as Dominion to be with some friends, but that’s not making me like the faction any more than I anticipated. Plus, she has a horrible house compared to her Exile counterpart. Belghast did give me this shockingly naughty Granok bed (some of you players know of which I speak) but her plot isn’t as functional.
I’ve been playing her as a Scientist too, and this path is growing on me. I hung around Ellevar long after I finished my main quests to wrap up Scientist tasks. There were a couple of tricky ones, culminating in a logic puzzle at the end that granted me some nice goodies.
While the Medic might be my favorite in terms of combat, the Engie isn’t far behind. Big gun, bot pets, lots of things that go boom. There are a few skills that I’m looking forward to in the next 10 levels, including one that will function as a shotgun-style builder. I like the solid durability of the heavy armor and just discovered that one skill I had — a CC breaker — also added an absorb shield I previously overlooked. I like sending in my bots for the one-two punch of interrupt/taunt and quick AOE damage.
She’s a Settler, a path that I like although it doesn’t feel as though there’s much room for creative building as there is for utilitarian tasks. Making buffing stations around the world makes me happy to help others, and I really can’t express how useful the ability to summon a mailbox or vending machine is.
I like my Engie as a character more. She looks cooler (with her Jayne hat!) and I’m really into the Exile spirit. I like their races more and the frontier/rebel thing hasn’t gotten old yet.
Plus, and this cannot be stated enough, my Engie has an absolute rockin’ pad. Her house is coming along nicely, as I just finished putting in the second story floor yesterday. And she had the epic garden, the epic relic hunter dig, the graveyard challenge, and a few other fun plugs to round it out. I’m building a forest path as well as a pillow fort. I’d hate to see all of that be put to waste because I was busy playing my Medic all of the time.
I do wish I could choose just one, but right now I can’t. Curse my indecisive nature!